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Subsequent Teaching Endorsements

Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education

Earn a Subsequent Teaching Endorsement by attaining teaching skills in one of these high-demand areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (birth–grade 2)
  • Elementary Education (grades 1–6)
  • Middle Grades Education (grades 5–8)
  • Secondary Education (grades 9–12, Foreign Language grades K–12)
  • Special Education (LBS I)

Subsequent Teaching Endorsements are designed for those holding an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) and are looking to obtain additional content specialization and grade range expansion.

To add Early Childhood to an existing PEL requires 18 semester hours in early childhood, and the content test (specific coursework distribution is required)

To add Elementary grades to an existing PEL requires 18 semester hours in the content area, and the content test (specific coursework distribution is required)

To add Middle Grades to an existing PEL requires 18 semester hours in the content area (must include a content specific methods course), and the content test

To add Secondary Grades to an existing PEL requires 18 semester hours in a specific content area, and the content test

The new LBSI endorsement will no longer be tied to the PEL grade bands. Teachers with the new LBSI will be endorsed to teach special education in grades K-21. (Consultation with Special Education department required for recommended coursework)

Requirements for the Reading Endorsement have changed from 24 semester hours to 18 semester hours with a specific distribution of coursework

Early Childhood

Required: 18 semester hours of college-level coursework addressing each of the following areas specific to or inclusive of early childhood education, plus Early Childhood Content Exam: Illinois Content Test #206.  

Per ISBE, content coursework must include:

  • Child growth and development
  • Planning and assessment
  • Methods and content pedagogy
  • Literacy methods
  • Collaborative relationships with family or communities

Study plans will be developed for individual candidates in consultation with Subsequent Endorsement faculty advisors.


Elementary Education

Required: 18 semester hours of college-level coursework addressing each of the following areas specific to or inclusive of elementary education plus Elementary Education Content Exam: Illinois Content Test #197-200 or #305 

Per ISBE, content coursework must include:

  • Child growth and development
  • Planning and assessment
  • Methods and content pedagogy
  • Literacy methods

Study plans will be developed for individual candidates in consultation with Subsequent Endorsement faculty advisors.


Middle Grades Education

Required: 18 semester hours of college-level coursework addressing each of the following areas specific to or inclusive of the middle grades, and the Middle Grades Content Exam specific to the content area sought (refer to content specific test numbers)

Per ISBE, content coursework must include:

  • Content-specific methods
  • Content coursework specific to the content area sought

Study plans will be developed for individual candidates in consultation with Subsequent Endorsement faculty advisors.


Secondary Education

Required: 18 semester hours of college-level coursework addressing each of the following areas specific to or inclusive of the secondary education range, and the Secondary Education Content Exam specific to the content area sought (refer to content specific test numbers)

Per ISBE, content coursework must include:

  • 18 SH of content coursework specific to the content area sought

Study plans will be developed for individual candidates in consultation with Subsequent Endorsement faculty advisors.


Special Education, LBS I: Grades K-21

The Learning Behavior Specialist I provides licensed teachers with a subsequent endorsement to teach school aged students with disabilities from Kindergarten through the student’s 22nd birthday (exceptions are students who have visual or hearing impairments). Coursework meets Illinois State Board of Education Licensing requirements for a subsequent endorsement for the LBS I:

  • Survey of the exceptional child
    • Most candidates who hold a current Illinois  Professional Educator License (PEL)  will have met this requirement.
  • General characteristics of children with disabilities:
    • Coursework includes foundations of disabilities studies, review of impact of disability on student academic, social and emotional functioning, and impact of cultural, linguistic and socio-economic factors.
  • General methods for teaching children with disabilities:
    • Coursework involves methods of addressing student educational needs in academic, social emotional and life skill domains. 
    • Candidate will be required to take one course in literacy instruction for students who have disabilities that complements and balances the literacy coursework taken for the candidate’s initial Illinois PEL. 
  • Assessment of children with disabilities within the LBS I scope
  • Candidates are required to pass the  ISBE required ITLS #155 (Learning Behavioral Specialist I) for licensure.

This is an 18 credit hour endorsement. If a candidate holds an Illinois PEL and has taken a survey course on exceptional children, 15 hours of coursework will meet the Illinois requirements. Information about  required courses are available on the website and through the admissions and advising departments at NLU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be admitted to take the first course? [+]

For candidates taking 6 or more semester hours, admission to the Subsequent Endorsement Program is required. NLU will only entitle admitted candidates for the new Subsequent Endorsement.

What are the admission criteria? [+]

Candidates must have an active Illinois PEL, submit transcripts and a resume. Qualified applicants will be admitted as non-degree seeking students.

Are there any other ISBE tests that I will need? [+]

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the Content Area Test in the subsequent teaching endorsement area.  

Can I receive financial aid? [+]

For those eligible for financial aid, candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of three semester hours each term.

How long will it take to complete the program? [+]

The amount of time will vary depending on the coursework identified in the individual study plan.

Can the graduate level coursework be applied to a master's degree? [+]

Yes, with the assistance of an enrollment specialist, graduates may apply the graduate level courses to an M.Ed.

For more information connect with an Enrollment Specialist or Apply Today for Free.


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